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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106741/the-role-of-lipid-membranes-in-life-s-origin
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REVIEW
David Deamer
At some point in early evolution, life became cellular. Assuming that this step was required for the origin of life, there would necessarily be a pre-existing source of amphihilic compounds capable of assembling into membranous compartments. It is possible to make informed guesses about the properties of such compounds and the conditions most conducive to their self-assembly into boundary structures. The membranes were likely to incorporate mixtures of hydrocarbon derivatives between 10 and 20 carbons in length with carboxylate or hydroxyl head groups...
January 17, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088716/unveiling-the-transformation-and-bioavailability-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-contrasting-hydrothermal-vents-using-fluorescence-eem-parafac
#2
Liyang Yang, Wan-E Zhuang, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Bing-Jye Wang, Fu-Wen Kuo
The submarine hydrothermal systems are extreme environments where active cycling of dissolved organic matter (DOM) may occur. However, little is known about the optical properties and bioavailability of hydrothermal DOM, which could provide valuable insights into its transformation processes and biogeochemical reactivity. The quantity, quality, and bioavailability of DOM were investigated for four very different hydrothermal vents east of Taiwan, using dissolved organic carbon (DOC), absorption spectroscopy, and fluorescence excitation-emission matrices-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC)...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087525/capturing-compositional-variation-in-denitrifying-communities-a-multiple-primer-approach-that-includes-autotrophic-denitrifying-epsilonproteobacteria
#3
Sheryl A Murdock, S Kim Juniper
: Denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria may dominate nitrogen loss processes in marine habitats with intense redox gradients but assessment of their importance is limited by currently available primers for nitrite reductase genes. Nine new primers targeting the nirS gene of denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria were designed and tested for use in sequencing and quantitative PCR on two microbial mat samples (Vent 2 and Vent 4) from the Calypso hydrothermal vent field, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086786/widespread-introgression-in-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-mussels
#4
Corinna Breusing, Robert C Vrijenhoek, Thorsten B H Reusch
BACKGROUND: The analysis of hybrid zones is crucial for gaining a mechanistic understanding of the process of speciation and the maintenance of species boundaries. Hybrid zones have been studied intensively in terrestrial and shallow-water ecosystems, but very little is known about their occurrence in deep-sea environments. Here we used diagnostic, single nucleotide polymorphisms in combination with one mitochondrial gene to re-examine prior hypotheses about a contact zone involving deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels, Bathymodiolus azoricus and B...
January 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078050/complete-genome-sequence-of-lutibacter-profundi-lp1-t-isolated-from-an-arctic-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-system
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Juliane Wissuwa, Sven Le Moine Bauer, Ida Helene Steen, Runar Stokke
Lutibacter profundi LP1(T) within the family Flavobacteriaceae was isolated from a biofilm growing on the surface of a black smoker chimney at the Loki's Castle vent field, located on the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. The complete genome of L. profundi LP1(T) is the first genome to be published within the genus Lutibacter. L. profundi LP1(T) consists of a single 2,966,978 bp circular chromosome with a GC content of 29.8%. The genome comprises 2,537 protein-coding genes, 40 tRNA species and 2 rRNA operons. The microaerophilic, organotrophic isolate contains genes for all central carbohydrate metabolic pathways...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074949/new-compounds-from-a-hydrothermal-vent-crab-associated-fungus-aspergillus-versicolor-xz-4
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Chengqian Pan, Yutong Shi, Xuegang Chen, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Xinyi Tao, Bin Wu
Three new quinazoline derivatives (1-3), one new oxepin-containing natural product (4) and four new cyclopenin derivatives (5-7 and 9) have been isolated from an EtOAc extract of the Taiwan Kueishantao hydrothermal vent crab-associated fungus Aspergillus versicolor XZ-4. Their planar structures were established by HRMS, 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data analyses. The absolute configurations for compounds 1 and 4 were determined by chiral phase HPLC analysis of their hydrolysis products. The absolute configurations of 2, 3 and 7 were defined mainly by comparison of the quantum chemical TDDFT calculated and the experimental ECD spectra, and the absolute configuration of 5 was deduced from comparison of the optical rotation values reported in the literature...
January 11, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054448/taxonomic-research-on-deep-sea-macrofauna-in-the-south-china-sea-using-the-chinese-deep-sea-submersible-jiaolong
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REVIEW
Xinzheng Li
This paper reviews the taxonomic and biodiversity studies of the deep-sea invertebrates in the South China Sea based on the samples collected by the Chinese manned deep-sea submersible Jiaolong. To date, six new species were described, including the sponges Lophophysema eversa Gong, Li & Qiu, 2014, Saccocalyx microhexactin Gong, Li & Qiu, 2015, and Semperella jiaolongae Gong, Li & Qiu, 2015 as well as the crustaceans Uroptychus jiaolongae Dong & Li, 2015, Uroptychus spinulosus Dong & Li, 2015 and Globospongicola jiaolongi Jiang, Kou & Li, 2015, and some newly recorded species from the South China Sea were reported...
January 5, 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045457/endemicity-of-the-cosmopolitan-mesophilic-chemolithoautotroph-sulfurimonas-at-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vents
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Sayaka Mino, Satoshi Nakagawa, Hiroko Makita, Tomohiro Toki, Junichi Miyazaki, Stefan M Sievert, Martin F Polz, Fumio Inagaki, Anne Godfroy, Shingo Kato, Hiromi Watanabe, Takuro Nunoura, Koichi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Imachi, Tomo-O Watsuji, Shigeaki Kojima, Ken Takai, Tomoo Sawabe
Rich animal and microbial communities have been found at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Although the biogeography of vent macrofauna is well understood, the corresponding knowledge about vent microbial biogeography is lacking. Here, we apply the multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) to assess the genetic variation of 109 Sulfurimonas strains with ⩾98% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, which were isolated from four different geographical regions (Okinawa Trough (OT), Mariana Volcanic Arc and Trough (MVAT), Central Indian Ridge (CIR) and Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR))...
January 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005979/cloning-and-functional-analysis-of-pax6-from-the-hydrothermal-vent-tubeworm-ridgeia-piscesae
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Huifang Yuan, Wei Wang, Bin Hu, Changkun Pan, Mingliang Chen, Linlin Ke, Lirong Yang, Jianming Chen
The paired box 6 (Pax6) gene encodes a transcription factor essential for eye development in a wide range of animal lineages. Here we describe the cloning and characterization of Pax6 gene from the blind hydrothermal vent tubeworm Ridgeia piscesae (RpPax6). The deduced RpPax6 protein shares extensive sequence identity with Pax6 proteins from other species and contains both the paired domain and a complete homeodomain. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that it clusters with the corresponding sequence from the closely related species Platynereis dumerilii (P...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983475/calorithrix-insularis-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-novel-representative-of-the-phylum-calditrichaeota
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Elena I Kompantseva, Ilya V Kublanov, Anna A Perevalova, Nikolay A Chernyh, Stepan V Toshchakov, Yuriy V Litti, Alexey N Antipov, Elizaveta A Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Margarita L Miroshnichenko
A moderately thermophilic, anaerobic bacterium designated as strain KRT was isolated from a shallow water submarine hydrothermal vent (Kunashir Island, Southern Kurils, Russia). Cells of the strain KRT were thin (0.2-0.3 µm), flexible, motile, Gram-negative rods of variable length. Optimal growth conditions: pH 6.6, 55°C, 1-3% (w/v) NaCl. Strain KRT was able to ferment a wide range of proteinaceous substrates, pyruvate, mono-, di- and polysaccharides. The best growth occurred with proteinaceous compounds...
December 16, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974524/a-biogeographic-network-reveals-evolutionary-links-between-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-and-methane-seep-faunas
#11
Steffen Kiel
Deep-sea hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are inhabited by members of the same higher taxa but share few species, thus scientists have long sought habitats or regions of intermediate character that would facilitate connectivity among these habitats. Here, a network analysis of 79 vent, seep, and whale-fall communities with 121 genus-level taxa identified sedimented vents as a main intermediate link between the two types of ecosystems. Sedimented vents share hot, metal-rich fluids with mid-ocean ridge-type vents and soft sediment with seeps...
December 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966649/ecology-and-biogeography-of-megafauna-and-macrofauna-at-the-first-known-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vents-on-the-ultraslow-spreading-southwest-indian-ridge
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J T Copley, L Marsh, A G Glover, V Hühnerbach, V E Nye, W D K Reid, C J Sweeting, B D Wigham, H Wiklund
The Southwest Indian Ridge is the longest section of very slow to ultraslow-spreading seafloor in the global mid-ocean ridge system, but the biogeography and ecology of its hydrothermal vent fauna are previously unknown. We collected 21 macro- and megafaunal taxa during the first Remotely Operated Vehicle dives to the Longqi vent field at 37° 47'S 49° 39'E, depth 2800 m. Six species are not yet known from other vents, while six other species are known from the Central Indian Ridge, and morphological and molecular analyses show that two further polychaete species are shared with vents beyond the Indian Ocean...
December 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965650/an-integrative-genomic-island-affects-the-adaptations-of-the-piezophilic-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrococcus-yayanosii-to-high-temperature-and-high-hydrostatic-pressure
#13
Zhen Li, Xuegong Li, Xiang Xiao, Jun Xu
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent environments are characterized by high hydrostatic pressure and sharp temperature and chemical gradients. Horizontal gene transfer is thought to play an important role in the microbial adaptation to such an extreme environment. In this study, a 21.4-kb DNA fragment was identified as a genomic island, designated PYG1, in the genomic sequence of the piezophilic hyperthermophile Pyrococcus yayanosii. According to the sequence alignment and functional annotation, the genes in PYG1 could tentatively be divided into five modules, with functions related to mobility, DNA repair, metabolic processes and the toxin-antitoxin system...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926429/biologically-produced-methane-as-a-renewable-energy-source
#14
D E Holmes, J A Smith
Methanogens are a unique group of strictly anaerobic archaea that are more metabolically diverse than previously thought. Traditionally, it was thought that methanogens could only generate methane by coupling the oxidation of products formed by fermentative bacteria with the reduction of CO2. However, it has recently been observed that many methanogens can also use electrons extruded from metal-respiring bacteria, biocathodes, or insoluble electron shuttles as energy sources. Methanogens are found in both human-made and natural environments and are responsible for the production of ∼71% of the global atmospheric methane...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917169/sulfur-metabolism-pathways-in-sulfobacillus-acidophilus-tpy-a-gram-positive-moderate-thermoacidophile-from-a-hydrothermal-vent
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Wenbin Guo, Huijun Zhang, Wengen Zhou, Yuguang Wang, Hongbo Zhou, Xinhua Chen
Sulfobacillus acidophilus TPY, isolated from a hydrothermal vent in the Pacific Ocean, is a moderately thermoacidophilic Gram-positive bacterium that can oxidize ferrous iron or sulfur compounds to obtain energy. In this study, comparative transcriptomic analyses of S. acidophilus TPY were performed under different redox conditions. Based on these results, pathways involved in sulfur metabolism were proposed. Additional evidence was obtained by analyzing mRNA abundance of selected genes involved in the sulfur metabolism of sulfur oxygenase reductase (SOR)-overexpressed S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909749/diversity-of-total-bacterial-communities-and-chemoautotrophic-populations-in-sulfur-rich-sediments-of-shallow-water-hydrothermal-vents-off-kueishan-island-taiwan
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Li Wang, Man Kit Cheung, Rulong Liu, Chong Kim Wong, Hoi Shan Kwan, Jiang-Shiou Hwang
Shallow-water hydrothermal vents (HTVs) are an ecologically important habitat with a geographic origin similar to that of deep-sea HTVs. Studies on shallow-water HTVs have not only facilitated understanding of the influences of vents on local ecosystems but also helped to extend the knowledge on deep-sea vents. In this study, the diversity of bacterial communities in the sediments of shallow-water HTVs off Kueishan Island, Taiwan, was investigated by examining the 16S ribosomal RNA gene as well as key functional genes involved in chemoautotrophic carbon fixation (aclB, cbbL and cbbM)...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878745/characterization-of-a-marine-microbial-community-used-for-enhanced-sulfate-reduction-and-copper-precipitation-in-a-two-step-process
#17
Octavio García-Depraect, Claudia Guerrero-Barajas, Janet Jan-Roblero, Alberto Ordaz
Marine microorganisms that are obtained from hydrothermal vent sediments present a great metabolic potential for applications in environmental biotechnology. However, the work done regarding their applications in engineered systems is still scarce. Hence, in this work, the sulfate reduction process carried out by a marine microbial community in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor was investigated for 190 days under sequential batch mode. The effects of 1000 to 5500 mg L(-1) of SO4(-2) and the chemical oxygen demand (COD)/SO4(-2) ratio were studied along with a kinetic characterization with lactate as the electron donor...
November 23, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876182/colonization-of-black-smokers-by-hyperthermophilic-microorganisms
#18
REVIEW
Reinhard Wirth
Newly erupted black smokers (hydrothermal vent chimneys) are sterile during their formation, but they house hyperthermophiles in substantial amounts in later stages. No hard data exist on the mechanisms by which hyperthermophiles colonize newly erupted black smokers. Here I propose a scenario - based on various experimental data - for how hyperthermophiles colonize black smokers. Hyperthermophiles which are present in cold sea water in minute amounts are transferred by chance to the outside of black smokers and react within seconds to the high temperature by very fast movements...
November 18, 2016: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871143/bringing-microbial-diversity-into-focus-high-resolution-analysis-of-iron-mats-from-the-l%C3%A5-ihi-seamount
#19
Jarrod J Scott, Brian T Glazer, David Emerson
Thirty kilometers south of the island of Hawai'i lies the Lō'ihi Seamount, an active submarine volcano that hosts a network of low-temperature hydrothermal vents enriched in ferrous iron that supports extensive microbial mats. These mats, which can be a half a meter deep, are composed of ferric iron bound to organic polymers-the metabolic byproduct of iron-oxidizing Zetaproteobacteria. Though the role of Zetaproteobacteria in mat formation is well established, we have a limited understanding of how differences in diversity are related to mat morphology...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834711/draft-genome-sequences-of-two-marinitoga-camini-isolates-producing-bacterioviruses
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Coraline Mercier, Julien Lossouarn, Thomas Haverkamp, Nadège Bienvenu, Anne Godfroy, Valérie Cueff-Gauchard, Claire Geslin, Camilla Nesbo
Here, we present the draft genome sequences of two thermophilic Marinitoga strain members of the Thermotogales order, Marinitoga camini DV1155 and Marinitoga camini DV1197. These strains were isolated from deep-sea hydrothermal vents of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
November 10, 2016: Genome Announcements
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